It is almost impossible to describe all of the damaging effects of the addictive drugs of abuse that are created and sold throughout the world today. Unfortunately, millions of people still choose to produce and abuse these drugs even though they can be deadly from the first hit. Illegal drugs are not the only culprit in this addiction epidemic. The number of prescription drug addictions rise daily as more and more people become unwittingly addicted to their legal medications, or these drugs fall into the wrong hands when a teen decides to experiment with getting high on grandma’s pain medications.
The top two drugs of abuse are legal. These are tobacco and alcohol. Tobacco and alcohol have been around for hundreds of years and are responsible for many deaths in the United States every day. Tobacco use is the number one cause of lung cancer, while alcohol is responsible for car accidents as well as the ill physical effects on the person who is abusing it. Someone under the influence of alcohol is also more prone to commit crimes such as domestic violence and murders from flying into rages while abusing alcohol.
The most common illegal drugs that are sold in the United States include, but are not limited to:
Ecstasy is one of the club drugs. Club drugs are very popular on the party scene today. Young adults take amphetamines along with the other club drugs in order to stay awake all night to party. Amphetamines are known to give the user unusual energy and takes away their appetite. This is why so many on the club and bar scene want to use amphetamines to heighten their night and their sexual experience obtained from the other club drugs ingested.
Some of the most widely abused prescription drugs include, but are not limited to:
In addition to these dangerous drugs there are hundreds more, both legal and illegal, that are responsible for ruining lives. There are other deadly chemical concoctions that are highly addictive such as solvents (inhalants) and even over-the-counter drugs that are used to create addictive substances.
America is often referred to as “a nation of pill-poppers”. Some statistics reveal that 80% of the world’s opioid prescriptions are written in the United States. They also state that 88% of people over the age of 60 are taking one to five prescription medications daily. A shocking 131 million prescriptions for painkillers were written in America last year, and overdoses to prescription drugs killed more people than automobile accidents in 17 states.
Side Effects of Drug Abuse
Drugs cause an exhaustive list of side effects for the user. These individuals suffer from symptoms that might include many of the following:
- Damage to major organs, organ failure
- Severe paranoia
- Chronic insomnia
- Stomach problems, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Long term brain damage
- Certain cancers
- Aggressive behavior
- Weight changes, loss of appetite
- Sleep disturbances
- Dizziness, disorientation
Hundreds of thousands of people die every year in America because of the side effects of using addictive drugs, and the numbers will only increase if people do not get into professional treatment before it is too late.
How Drugs Affect the Nation
It is no secret that drugs of abuse are profitable for those doing the producing and selling. The ones who suffer are the users and the friends or families that are affected by the addict’s behavior. A person addicted to drugs is rarely in their right state of mind and they live only for the drug. They do not care about their families, nor do they care whether they make a difference in the world; therefore, living off of the government and choosing prostitution or some other unhealthy way to satisfy their drug habit is usually a choice. Countless people die because of drug usage every year in America and another large percentage are sentenced to time in jail for rape, drug possession, DUI, prostitution, and selling illegal drugs.
Drugs also affect the environment with problems that come with creating these drugs. For example, methamphetamine is produced in America in large quantities, often in a residential neighborhood that does not draw too much suspicion. The inside of the house where methamphetamine is produced will be uninhabitable because of the toxic fumes that are embedded into the walls and flooring inside the house. Even after the methamphetamine lab is shut down, anyone trying to reside in the house can become ill and even die. Outside of the house, trees, plants, grass and everything around the methamphetamine lab will die and water could become poisonous. Countless people fall victim to sickness and death because of the methamphetamine labs that go undetected every year in the United States.
Making a Difference
As each day with an addiction passes, a person is less likely to seek treatment and in the end will die because of their addiction. If you need help overcoming your addiction, or if you are considering helping your loved one overcome their addiction to drugs, get professional help right away. The sooner you begin treatment, the easier the process will be and the overall chance for successful recovery is greatly increased.
Our addiction treatment counselors will help you through the entire planning and recovery process and help you decide the ideal program for you or your loved one. Call now to begin planning your recovery from drugs of abuse today.